Mustang Teacher On Balancing School, Parent Life During COVID Pandemic


Tuesday, November 24th 2020, 6:59 am
By: Caleb Califano


Mustang -

The year 2020 has been tough for several jobs, and teaching makes that list.

Being a parent on top of that adds a whole other layer of challenges.

"It's a juggling act, trying to record videos for students while my son is wandering around behind it," says Deana Silk, a teacher at Mustang Public Schools.

Deana Silk is a journalism and yearbook teacher at Mustang Public Schools, who is currently teaching completely virtually.

She and other teachers can still teach from the classroom while at the same time bringing their kids along, and helping them with their own work.

"We are getting this routine going, and yes it is a blessing to have them here with me. That way I'm not struggling to find childcare. They are in my room, all day long," she said.

Mustang Public Schools says giving teachers this ability was something that needed to be done.

"It's just easier for them to be in school in their classroom. And in order for us to take away a barrier to make that happen, the district decided to let the parents bring their kids inside the classroom," said Kirk Wilson from MPS.

Being a parent during the pandemic is hard enough, adding teaching on top of that is a whole other story. But for Deana Silk and her kids, she's just happy they're along for the ride.